Silent Sky

Fall 2018

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Director: Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson

Scenic Designer: Dathan Powell

Performances: October 19, 20, 21 (Fri., Sat., Sun.) & October 25, 26, 27 (Thurs., Fri., Sat.), 2018

Synopsis from Dramatists Play Service: “When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.”

CAST: 4 Women, 1 Man.

= UIS student; (a) = Alumni; (f) = Faculty; (s) = Staff; (c) = Community; ^ = Guest Artist

Production Staff (Technical/Design Team)




Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson (f)

Scene/Tech Director

Dathan Powell (f)

Lighting Designer

David Hecht/(s)

Costume Designer -Guest Artist

Lauren Lowell ^

Sound Designer – Guest Artist

Dave Cain ^

Stage Manager

Melissa Betty (c)

Assistant Stage Mgr./U.S. – Annie

Katie Simpson

Assistant Stage Mgr.

Jacara Brown

Costume Coordinator/Assistant

Kim Riddle

Wardrobe Crew Chief

Katherine Blancas

Wardrobe Crew/Dresser

Crystal Jackson

Wardrobe Crew/Dresser

Connie Sifuentes

Master Electrician/Light Board Op

Sarah Delaney

Sound Assistant

Bob Stockwell

Sound Board Operator

Sean McCord (c)

Props Master

Sabrina Holmes (s)

Props Assistant

Claire Larson

Props Assistant

Laura Maruna (c)


Mary Myers (c)


Sydney Bryant

Assistant TD/Master Carpenter

Janet Ferry-Campbell, Shop Assistant (s)

Props Assistant/Scenic/Painting

Alyssa Nino, LLE Assistant

Set Construction/Run Crew

Shaunice James

Set Construction/Run Crew

Jannely Vasquez

Production Documentarian

Chip Deiss

Box Office Manager

Nikkie Stefan (s)

Production Assistant

LLE Student – TBA




Henrietta Leavitt

Ashley Pruitt (c)

Margaret Leavitt

Dominique Abiagom

Annie Cannon

Shea Lanier

Williamina Fleming

Sherri Mitchell

Peter Shaw

Ethan Heilman

Understudy, Margaret

Aislinn Diaz,

Understudy, Annie

Katie Simpson,